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ID:     antig1
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     MACEDONIAN KINGS
Issuer:     Antigonas Monophtalmus
Date Ruled:     306-270
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Drachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Diameter:     19 mm
Weight:     3.85 g
Obverse Description:     Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress
Reverse Legend:     ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΟY
Reverse Description:     Zeus seated left on throne with back, right leg drawn back, holding eagle in right hand and scepter in left; no controls
Mint:     Uncertain Greece or Macedonia
Primary Reference:     Unpublished
Photograph Credit:     Forum Ancient Coins
Source:     http://www.forumancientcoins.com/
Grade:     aVF
Notes:     Unpublished in the standard references and not yet fully attributed, this is only the second specimen of this extremely rare and important drachm known to Forum. Both specimens were struck with the same reverse die. Gorny & Mosch wrote of their specimen: 'Troxell recorded a very rare issue of Alexandrine tetradrachms in the name of Gonatas (The Peloponnesian Alexanders, ANSMN 17, 1971, 75-6, note 68), which through hoard evidence was conclusively proven to be struck at Pella circa 272 (see R. W. Mathisen, Antigonus Gonatas and the Silver Coinages of Macedon circa 280-270 BC, ANSMN 26, 1981, pp. 79-123, esp. p. 104). However, this unique drachm has no controls that would explicitly tie it to the Pella mint tetradrachms, and even more perplexing is the style of the engraving, which is clearly dissimilar to the tetradrachms as well. One might suppose that it is in fact not a coin of Gonatas at all, but rather a hitherto unknown drachm of his grandfather, Antigonos I Monophthalmos. However, this also does not sit well, again for reasons of style, which is inconsistent with the period of Monophthalmos' reign. For the time being, therefore, this coin must remain a numismatic enigma until further evidence can shed additional light on it.'